"There is a great need for trustworthy material such as this given the human and financial resources devoted to penitentiaries and the thousands of lives they affect on a daily basis. A strong starting point for researchers and readers."
"This two-volume set covers a wide assortment of topics... the collection provides a respectable array of topics largely related American to prison and jails in one convenient set."
"Though focusing on the US, the encyclopedia also includes a handful of entries on prisons in other countries (China, England, Peru). This set serves as a good introduction to prisons and jails."
"...article-specific bibliographies aid readers whose curiosity extends beyond prisons' locked gates."
"American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends is a well-organized and clearly written overview of salient issues and developments in the field of corrections. The United States contains about a 5% of the world's population but about 25% of the world's inmates. Institutional corrections is a major dimension of the criminal justice system, requiring immense governmental resources— in the U.S., approximately $80 billion dollars annually. Institutional corrections is an important and complex topic, and important information regarding it needs to be presented in a clear and concise manner. Drs. Vidisha Barua Worley and Robert Worley, Editors, have successfully accomplished this major task. Both editors are accomplished correctional researchers, resulting in the creation of a well-rounded and thorough encyclopedia. In addition, they have compiled information from a wide array of other expert contributors who also research prisons and/or jails, resulting in a comprehensive publication that significantly adds to the corrections literature. The entries in this encyclopedia not only cover the major areas and issues in corrections, but they are also well-written and packed with vital information. This publication is a must read for correctional policymakers and practitioners, as well as students in the field of criminal justice. I highly recommend American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends."
"Vidisha Barau Worley and Robert M. Worley have compiled an outstanding Encyclopedia of American Prisons and Jails. They carefully document the wide range of issues, controversies and trends faced by these important institutions. The book makes important contributions that will inform both senior scholars and generalist readers. The breadth and depth of material covered is indeed impressive. The volumes promise to contribute to informed debates about policy and practice in corrections."
"An amazing compendium, American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends offers readers the opportunity to appreciate the vast scope of theory and research on prisons and jails in America. From accounts of solitary confinement, which occured early in the American corrections landscape, to those of privitization, readers learn about marked continuities in approaches to and debates about how best to punish and make society a safer place. This book will be an essential reference for scholars, students, and policymakers for years to come."
"Corrections has been and will always be controversial. This collection of readings presents for both the novice and experienced students of criminology and criminal justice a succinct summary of issues facing correctional executives, staff, researchers and policy makers. The vast array of articles provides the reader with an appreciation of the historical development of corrections from the first correctional facility in Pennsylvania in the 1700s through recent efforts to downsize correctional populations and rethink prisoner reentry. The authors' thoughtful discussion of United States Supreme Court decisions encapsulate the changing role of the federal government in regulating inmate civil rights. Corrections has become increasingly complex and the editors have done an excellent job of pulling together the best researchers in our field to summarize the ever changing culture of prisons, probation, and parole."
"I heartily recommend this edited two-volume encyclopedia of prison and jail topics to libraries, students, academics and practitioners desirous of a quick and comprehensive treatment and understanding of corrections in the United States. The expertise and knowledge of esteemed correctional scholars, practitioners and graduate students was marshalled by the editors to write the entries that cover a myriad of content areas on corrections; The in-depth entries span historic, topical, academic, legal and organizational subjects, with some coverage of corrections internationally as well. The reader will be hard put to name a correctional topic that is not contained and explicated in these well- written volumes."
"American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends delivers on both its title and its subtitle, offering a scholarly look inside contemporary American jails and prisons while also tackling a host of controversial issues and ideas surrounding incarceration. In this way it embodies the best of what an encyclopedia can be—a provocative blend of comprehensive coverage and critical insight—and in exploring the past and present of American incarceration suggests something of its future as well."